Voting Is Closed for
Spotlight Dorado 2024

The people have spoken, the votes are in, and soon it will be time to declare the winner of this year’s short film contest!

Stay tuned for more.

Go Behind the Spotlight

After a thrilling first year, Spotlight Dorado returns in 2023 to celebrate new Latino and Hispanic voices in film. Go backstage for an exclusive look at the second season of our short film competition.

Episode 4: A bag full of goodies and a room full of wisdom

Taking the first step from the vision to the big screen.

Meet the Finalists

Get to know the filmmakers who wowed our judges with their creative storytelling.

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Marissa Díaz

Pablo Riesgo Almonacid

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Kryzz Gautier

The Program

Spotlight Dorado is a multi-year platform created to empower and amplify aspiring Latino and Hispanic voices in film. We’re not just here to open doors, but to champion the creativity, talent and determination of Latino and Hispanic creators across the country.

Our Mentors

Spotlight Dorado finalists will receive guidance and mentorship from renowned film industry leaders as they bring their vision to life.

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Anthony Ramos

Actor/Recording Artist

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Al Madrigal


Headshot Danay Garcia

Danay Garcia


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Carlos López Estrada



Nancy Mejía


A screenshot of three filmmakers watching the surprise reveal that they were selected as finalists for the Spotlight Dorado 2022 film contest.

Spotlight on 2022

The inaugural year of Spotlight Dorado was a blockbuster success, with hundreds of talented Latino storytellers around the country submitting their short film scripts to the contest. Go behind the scenes with last year’s finalists!